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No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
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The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
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What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
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Music is well said to be the speech of angels. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
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Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
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Every noble work is at first impossible. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Every noble work is at first impossible.
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History is the essence of innumerable biographies. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
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Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.
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Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
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No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
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I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
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Endurance is patience concentrated. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Endurance is patience concentrated.
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A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
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Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
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These Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, - is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what proves explosive powder, blazes heaven-high from Delhi to Granada! I said, the Great man was always as lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then they too would flame.
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Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.
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War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.
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When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man's soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.
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Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
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We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
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Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky; but the stars are there and will reappear.
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No pressure, no diamonds. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
No pressure, no diamonds.
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A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
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Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
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Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Nothing can teach us better than our understanding of them. This is one of the best ways of self-education.
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Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things.
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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
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The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.
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Experience is the best of school masters, only the school fees are heavy. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Experience is the best of school masters, only the school fees are heavy.
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Necessity dispenseth with decorum. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
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Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
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The mystical bond of brotherhood makes all men brothers. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
The mystical bond of brotherhood makes all men brothers.
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He who has no vision of eternity has no hold on time. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
He who has no vision of eternity has no hold on time.
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Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man
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The eye sees what it brings the power to see. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
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A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men. - Thomas Carlyle Quotes
A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.
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It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
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Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.
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If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.
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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
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Speech is silver, silence is golden.
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Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than all stars; deeper than the Kingdom of Death! It alone is great; all else is small.
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True friends, like ivy and the wall Both stand together, and together fall.
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I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
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Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are mortar and bricks until the architect can make them something else.
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The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
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The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
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Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
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We were wise indeed, could we discern truly the signs of our own time; and by knowledge of its wants and advantages, wisely adjust our own position in it. Let us, instead of gazing idly into the obscure distance, look calmly around us, for a little, on the perplexed scene where we stand. Perhaps, on a more serious inspection, something of its perplexity will disappear, some of its distinctive characters and deeper tendencies more clearly reveal themselves; whereby our own relations to it, our own true aims and endeavors in it, may also become clearer.
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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
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Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
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Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
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Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
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There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
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The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
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Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do that with all thy might and leave the issues calmly to God.
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Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally, among mankind.
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Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk.
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The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Husain and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels me!
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Literature is the thought of thinking souls.
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Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.
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If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
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One monster there is in the world, the idle man.
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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
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A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
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With respect to duels, indeed, I have my own ideas. Few things in this so surprising world strike me with more surprise. Two little visual spectra of men, hovering with insecure enough cohesion in the midst of the unfathomable, and to dissolve therein, at any rate, very soon, make pause at the distance of twelve paces asunder; whirl around, and simultaneously by the cunningest mechanism, explode one another into dissolution; and, offhand, become air, and non-extant--the little spitfires!
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It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being.
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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
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Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance.
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